I love exploring new online tools, or at least tools that are new to me! Today, I was working on a presentation for next week and I decided to give Symbaloo a try.
Symbaloo is a way to bookmark resources for another group of people, such as a class, or for your own use. For the most part, I really like it as a class resource organizer. The biggest advantage Symbaloo may have over my other favorite site for curating resources, Livebinder, is that it has the familiar, at-a-glance appearance of a screen full of apps. I, like most folks, am now very used to scanning a page and looking for a particular app, whether I am on an ipad, an android, or just the Google chrome home page. I also like that you can customize the images on the tiles, the number of tiles and the background. If you look below at the webmix of KET arts resources that I made today, you can see that I was able to upload images for each tile or I could just choose one of the standard icons. Finally, I like that you can have several tabbed webmixes on the screen.
I do have one problem with Symbaloo – I really don’t like the big square in the middle of the screen. I’d like to be able to delete it, move it, or at least use it as a title for the page, but those aren’t options. All you seem to be able to do is choose whether it is a Google search box, another kind of widget, or, in my case, a “newsfeed,” which turned it into a big blank box.
Perhaps Symbaloo will get rid of the big box soon. In the meantime, I do really like the concept and will enjoy using this page during my presentation next week!